On Friday, President Trump made the announcement that Google was developing a website for Americans for finding out where they may possibly get major details regarding COVID-19 symptoms and testing information. At that time, the details of the project remained unclear because there was no press release from Google or any other official statement or announcement regarding the same.
On Sunday, Trump’s statements at a press conference were still not enough to provide more details. He said, his previous comments about Google had been “substantiated” as well as he also thanked “the head of Google, a great gentleman.”
The administration, however, has promised that more would be coming over the weekend. Now, two days after President Donald Trump’s announcement, people are still not clear regarding the actual situation. As a result of the announcement, reports started emerging that Google was not completely aware of the plan that Trump said on Friday regarding the company was participation.
A few hours later, after Trump’s statement at a Sunday press conference, a site which has been made by Google’s sister company went life, where it showcases a tool for the risk screening of the coronavirus that directed inhabitants of two counties in Northern California to test centers. It’s gradually clear that Google itself is not constructing the website, which is quite opposite to what Trump described last week as well as on Sunday night.
In spite of clearing the doubts, Trump criticized the press, and claims that Google’s tweets had “substantiated” his Friday comments and that CEO Sundar Pichai had personally called to make an apology regarding the “fake news.” Google, on the other hand, refused to comment on the statements of the president regarding Pichai. The White House press office did not argument WIRED’s reporting when reached for comment leading up to the consultation along with declined to comment in advance of the event Sunday.
Also, in a bold statement on Friday, Trump also stated that “Google has 1,700 engineers working on” a website that would help so many people to figure out if they needed a coronavirus test or not, at the same time. He also added that it will also direct people to the testing sites if required. As we now know the reality, this statement was somehow not completely true. The reality of the role of Google in identifying the coronavirus outbreak is more complex as well as, in some ways, it is also more productive.
In addition to that, Trump himself didn’t provide any further information regarding the Google site. Vice President Mike Pence, on the other hand, referenced it for a moment: “At some point initial in the week we are going to have a website that goes up, the objective of which will be for people to go and first fill out a survey or questionnaire,” he stated.
Pence also added that the White House has been also working with additional tech companies at the same time. He also cited that the option of adding testing site locations but at the same time provided no official details regarding the timeline.